Bruce P. Mehlman
The Internet Innovation Alliance is a broad-based coalition of business and non-profit organizations that aim to ensure every American, regardless of race, income or geography, has access to the critical tool that is broadband Internet. The IIA seeks to promote public policies that support equal opportunity for universal broadband availability and adoption so that everyone, everywhere can seize the benefits of the Internet - from education to health care, employment to community building, civic engagement and beyond.
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46% say that mobile access is very important for getting online information on the go.
By 59% to 45% margin, white Americans are more likely to go online using a computer on a typical day than African Americans – when mobile devices are included in the mix, the gap is cut in half.
61% of whites go online on the average day, when mobile access is included while 54% of African Americans do.
29% of African Americans use the internet on their handheld on an average day, also about half again the national average of 19%.
Compared with 2007, when 12% of African Americans used the internet on their mobile on the average day, use of the mobile internet is up by 141%.
African Americans are the most active users of the mobile internet, and their use of it is also growing the fastest. This means the digital divide between African Americans and white Americans diminishes when mobile use is taken into account.
48% of African Americans have at one time used their mobile device to access the internet for information, emailing, or instant messaging, half again the national average of 32%.
Laptop and mobile wireless account for the vast majority of wireless access, as 51% of Americans have gotten online using either of these two methods.
32% of all Americans have gotten online with a mobile device which includes cell phones or other handheld devices to check email, access the internet for information, or send instant messages.
56% of all Americans have accessed the internet by wireless means with a variety of devices ranging from laptops, cell phones, game consoles and more.